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Kennedy waiting for word on tests

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 29, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ian Kennedy has been terrific down in Scranton, pitching to a 1.59 ERA in four starts. He has allowed 18 hits over 22.2 innings and struck out 25.

But Kennedy left Monday’s start in Rochester because of numbness in one of his fingers on his right hand. He was in New York yesterday getting checked out and we should know more today. Hopefully it’s nothing serious.

Meanwhile, hard-luck Jason Johnson has a small labrum tear and will miss at least a month. No word yet on who will take his place in the rotation in Scranton.





27 Responses to “Kennedy waiting for word on tests”

  1. carl April 29th, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Keep your head up Jason.

  2. Doreen April 29th, 2009 at 7:21 am

    For everytime something good happens, it seems like there is a flip side. Here’s hoping Kennedy’s numbness was an anomaly and there’s nothing serious. And hope Johnson has a good recovery.

  3. Joe from Long Island April 29th, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Jason Johnson is a reminder for all of us that it’s just a game – a game we all care about, as fans, but still just a game.

    Life isn’t fair sometimes. Best wishes to Jason. And, not to forget Kennedy, either. Numbness or tingling in the fingers is nothing to blow off. Here’s hoping it’s a relatively trivial thing.

  4. bru April 29th, 2009 at 7:57 am

    hughes cutter & curve were absolutely nasty.

    baseball tonight showed his cutter tailing in to lefties & it was pretty.

    for him to throw it with the bases loaded shows he has confidence in it.

    hughes performance put all the other yankee pitching performances this year to shame.not even close.not bad for what is it 400,000 a year.

  5. Arliss April 29th, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Bru – you’re telling me baseball tonight focused on something positive with respect to the Yankees? Has the network gone soft?

  6. Fan Interference April 29th, 2009 at 8:18 am

    This is the Hughes we’ve bene waiting for. If he keeps pitching this way, Wang & Joba are in trouble. Especially Joba.

    I don’t know much about Jason Johnson, but I hope he’s OK.

    I don’t like the news on Kennedy. Hopefully his symtoms are the result of a little strain, or a pinched nerve, and not circulatory.

  7. Bill April 29th, 2009 at 8:31 am

    That was the best start of any NYY so far this year. Congratulations Phil Hughes! My favorite part was when he had Polanco jumping away from a CB that dropped in for a strike. Melancon looked good too. Here’s hoping we see that combo many more times in the future.. Congrats also to Molina. His hitting is much maligned so it was nice to see him hit the GS!

  8. Betsy April 29th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Poor Jason Johnson – life really isn’t fair sometimes. I hope he and Ian with both be ok.

    Just from the clips I saw, Phil just looked very confident out there. I’m not surprised – this is a kid who at age 21 shut the Indians down in the ALDS and gave his team a chance to win. He looked that night like he was born to the mound. His new pitches and “new” curve have really added a lot. He’ll get that change down eventually to where it will be a good enough pitch for him, I have faith. Phil will get hit – maybe even next time – but we saw last night what he can do when he’s finally healthy. He just came up huge in a game the Yankees needed him…..I can’t say enough about that.

  9. Dr. Cox April 29th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Now Hughes just had to keep it up. His spot is bascially his to lose now.

  10. Betsy April 29th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    LOL that Polanco at bat was hilarious

  11. bru April 29th, 2009 at 8:39 am

    if hughes can use his cutter & curve like he did last night he will have a very nice career.

    i especially love that cutter.

    baseball tonight showed in detail how it was tailing down & in to lefties,jamming the was beautifull.

    what a difference a day makes with hughes & melancon.

    girardi needs to keep it simple.coke/marte in the 7th,melancon/bruney the 8th & mo to close it out.

    if melancon pitches well there is no need for joba in the pen.

  12. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 29th, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Hopefully the numbness in Ian’s finger isn’t anything too serious.

    What a great job by Phil yesterday! Let’s see what Joba can do tonight.

    Already hearing the “Joba to the pen” cries. They will never really go away will they? :roll:

  13. jennifer April 29th, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Hopefully it isn’t anything serious with Ian. Numbness can be a pretty scary thing.

    Best of luck to Jason, that really stinks, he fought back from eye cancer and now this.

    Great game by Phil last night. He had to battle with an awful ump, pitch his entire game without any run support, and have the weight of a 4 game losing streak on his shoulders. Hopefully he continues on the right track and makes it very difficult for the Yankees when Wang comes back.

  14. SJ44 April 29th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Hughes showed a lot of fight last night.

    He didn’t let Daryl Cousins tiny strikezone rattle him.

    His mound composure was MUCH better than it was last year.

    His stuff is finally back to 2007 levels because he’s fully healthy for the first time in 2 years.

    He keeps pitching with this type of effectiveness, he won’t see Scranton again.

  15. bru April 29th, 2009 at 8:45 am

    he always had that curve.he just throws it with more confidence now.his curve hasn’t looked that good but he had it for a long time.

    the cutter & change are new.that cutter is a real weapon.

  16. bru April 29th, 2009 at 8:51 am

    it is so nice too see a young prospect do well for us.

    the rs have buchholz,bowden,masterson & on and on and i am sick of hearing the so called experts say that whoever the rs bring up they do well but all the yankees prospects are struggling.

    mike francessa said it yesterday & it made me sick to my stomach.

    it was just nice to see hughes dominate & look filthy along with melancon.

  17. Coach6423 April 29th, 2009 at 8:52 am


    Baseball TOnight had something postivie, and immediately turned it into Joba returning to the pen once Wang comes back.

  18. bru April 29th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    when bruney comes back & if melancon pitches well there is no need for joba in the pen.

    i know we can make room but the need will not be there.let’s wait & see what melancon can do.

    we are not deep in starting pitching & hughes right now is replacing wang.

  19. Vince April 29th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Ramiro Pena looks like he wants to be with the big club. Some will argue that he needs at bats in AAA but when A-Rod returns he should be the one kept as the utility infielder and send out Berroa.
    Call it baptism by fire but Pena can see late game at bats with the team holding a nice lead late in games. Preserve all that’s possible from A-Rod, Jeter, and on occasion, Cano.

  20. Patrick April 29th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Hughes was great last night. A few observations:

    - His fastball velocity was up and had MUCH MUCH more movement. He dialed up straight 4-seamers to 94 when needed but mostly sat around 91-93 with natural tailing movement.

    - Hughes is now a 4-5 pitch pitcher. He has 2 variations on his fastball, a curve, cutter and change.

    - He threw the cutter a lot but only used the change twice.

    - The main reason Phil was so successful was his fastball command. The number one reason why he was the top pitching prospect in baseball was his superb fastball control. Last year we didn’t see that at all but last night he was very good. You can see how dangerous he is, hitting his spots perfectly with 91-94 mph then coming back with a nasty hook. You don’t need to throw 98 to be an ace.

    If Hughes keeps pitching like last night I don’t see how he’ll ever sniff AAA again. I’m thinking that Joba will try to step up tonight and match Hughes. Joba needs to go back to being Joba or the whispers about him going to the bullpen will get louder. I don’t think he should ever go back into the pen but maybe Joba can use this as motivation.

  21. Tim April 29th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Pete, It would be interesting to hear David Cone’s reaction to Kennedy’s numbness. Because if I’m not mistaken Cone had numbness in his hand, went for tests, and it showed he had an aneurysm. Hears hopeing this is not the same thing.

  22. Bill April 29th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I understand the point of Joba, as a starter, not throwing max effort every pitch for a variety of reasons. But Verlander does and he is successful. “Joba Light” just isn’t the same pitcher. His 98 MPH FB is what makes him who he is. It sets up his slider because hitters have to dial up for the FB and then can’t react to the slider. At 92 there isn’t much differential between pitches, he’s not as effective.

  23. JohnC April 29th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I agree if Bruney comes back in 2 weeks and Melancon continues to succeed then maybe this Joba to the pen talk will finally cease. Also, Coke seems to have righted himself, Marte, despite giving up the game winning homer the other night is pitching better than he has since he got here. He did strike out lefties Ortiz and Drew, which is his job. The 1 guy I can’t figure out is Veras. He can look absoluteky filthy one day, and then terrible the next.

  24. Neil April 29th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Any thoughts of Phil Hughes in the bullpen are ludicrous. He went through what is considered a good hitting Deroit lineup with no concerns.
    Joba should have been watching intently and just pound the strike zone tonight.

  25. Billy April 29th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Alan Horne is scheduled to start somewhere this weekend. I was thinking Trenton but looks like he may be with SW-B. He’s a great kid and hopefully he can rebound. We need more depth in starting pitching at the high levels of the farm. His velcotiy isn’t all the way back but he may be a bullpen candidate later in the summer to keep his innings in check.

  26. Billy April 29th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    “I understand the point of Joba, as a starter, not throwing max effort every pitch for a variety of reasons. But Verlander does and he is successful.”

    He pitched his tail off the other night but what about all last year and his first few starts this year? Verlander has a golden arm but his ego can’t be contained in Comerica Park. Joba might be able to pick something up from his pitching but Verlander does his own thing and very uncoacheable.

  27. Sarah May 1st, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Goodness – Joba and Hughes talk in the same post and in a positive tone and thoughtful insights to two great pitchers who I believe Yankee management consider 1 and 2 at the top of the roster in a few years. I love this blog!

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